King County Council celebrates Earth Day

April 19, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. April 19, 2011

King County Council members offered support for local, national and international efforts to protect the environment, and proclaimed Friday as Earth Day in King County.

Earth Day started 41 years ago to raise awareness about the environment and then expanded into a global event celebrated in 175 countries.

“In East King County, we are recognizing the goals of Earth Day this week with a celebration of the native Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Issaquah representative, said in a statement Monday after the council issued the proclamation.

Leaders from several agencies and cities gathered Monday to release kokanee fry into Lake Sammamish.

“With the collaboration of many government agencies and private organizations, kokanee recovery efforts include releases of tiny kokanee fry from the hatchery supplementation program into creeks around the lake this week,” Lambert continued. “The fish will be able to thrive as a result of our healthy environment.”

On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million people participated in the inaugural  Earth Day at college campuses and cities throughout the United States. Congress enacted many important laws after the 1970 Earth Day, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and the created the Environmental Protection Agency.

“I hope all residents of the county will commemorate this upcoming celebration of Earth Day with President Theodore Roosevelt’s words in mind: ‘The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others,’” Councilman Reagan Dunn, the other Issaquah-area representative, said in a statement. “How prophetic his words were nearly 104 years ago and how true they are still today.”

King County plans to host the eighth annual Earth Day Expo at Westlake Plaza in downtown Seattle on Friday. The event features activities, speakers and vendors for people of all ages.

“Earth Day is a reminder to put the environment front and center,” Councilman Larry Phillips, sponsor of the proclamation, said in a statement. “Restoring and protecting the earth’s natural resources should be a priority for everyone — for nature enthusiasts, for people concerned about their health and longevity, and for those who want to save money and support a strong economy. Our economy, health, and quality of life all tie back to the sustainability of the planet.”

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